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Matching State Money for Your Business

The Rhode Island Economic Development Set-Aside-Program provides matching job-training funds to companies that relocate to or expand in the state. The funds may be used for new, full-time employee training through either customized or on-the-job training programs. The program also may be used to retrain or upgrade the skills of current employees. For more information, contact the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation

Visit: www.riedc.com

Get Paid 75000 To Send Product Samples Overseas

Reach new consumers with government money! Through the Quality Samples Program, let the government help you transport and market your products overseas, with funding up to $75,000. With over $2.5 million in funds available, you can introduce new foreign buyers to your agricultural product with the help of the USDA. For more information, contact the USDA-FAS Marketing Operations Staff

Visit: www.fas.usda.gov/mos/programs/qspfact.html

Receive 5000 To Help Pay Off Student Loans While Making A Difference

If you are a teacher and have student loans you simply cannot afford, this program is for you. The Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program offers individuals who teach full-time for five consecutive complete academic years, in certain elementary and secondary schools serving low-income families, forgiveness of up to a combined total of $5,000 in principal and interest of their Direct Loan and/or Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFELP) loans. For more information contact American Education Services AES/PHEAA, Attn: Loan Discharge, 1200 N. 7th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1444; (800) 692-7392

Visit: www.aessuccess.org/manage/cant_make_payment/Federal_Teacher_Loan_Forgiveness.shtml

Money For Your New Home in One Hour

The Neighborhood Gold Down-payment Assistance Program helps families purchase a home in the neighborhood of their choice with no money down. Neighborhood Gold works with The Buyers Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization, to provide prospective homeowners with gift money to cover down-payment requirements and closing costs. To receive a grant, a buyer should work with a lender to obtain a mortgage that allows for down-payments to be made in the form of a charitable gift. If a buyer is approved for a loan, he or she can receive Neighborhood Gold gift funds, regardless of income level. The mortgage professional fills out the grant application, and will receive a gift letter from the fund within ONE HOUR. Neighborhood Gold has local representatives who can offer assistance in the application process and answer any questions before, during and after the home-buying process. As part of the grant, Neighborhood Gold offers a Mortgage Payment Protection Plan, which covers up to six months of payments and may make it easier for a program participant to obtain mortgage financing for the applicant’s home of choice. Like most down-payment assistance programs, the seller must agree to pay to Neighborhood Gold a service fee equal to the grant amount plus a percentage rate of home price determined by location. For more information contact:

Visit: www.neighborhoodgold.com

Free Help Becoming A Non Profit

Don’t spend a fortune on a lawyer in your attempt to become a non-profit. Take advantage of free government help available through the Internal Revenue Service. You can fill out the forms to the best of your ability, and then you can call them with your list of questions. For more information contact Exempt Organizations Technical Division, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Treasury, 1111 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 6411, Washington, DC 20224; 202-283-2300; 877-829-5500 (toll-free)

Visit: www.irs.gov

Matching State Money for Your Business

The Rhode Island Economic Development Set-Aside-Program provides matching job-training funds to companies that relocate to or expand in the state. The funds may be used for new, full-time employee training through either customized or on-the-job training programs. The program also may be used to retrain or upgrade the skills of current employees. For more information, contact the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation

Visit: www.riedc.com

Veteran Services

For All Your Veteran Benefits Questions: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can be reached at 800-827-1000, or online.Your Very Own Advocate: The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs ranks among the nation’s leaders in the satisfaction of veterans claims submitted to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information contact Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, 505 E. Union #150/ P.O. Box 41155, Olympia, WA 98504; 360-586-1070; 800-562-2308.

Visit: www.va.gov

Seed Money To Start Your Day Care

Venture Grants are time-limited grants for innovation. One form of venture grants is seed money grants. These are intended to provide short-term support for start-up, development or stabilization of new programs. For more information contact United Way of Northwest Georgia, P.O. Box 566, 101 Selvidge Street, Dalton, GA, 30722-0566; 706-278-9230; Fax: 706-226-1029

Visit: www.ourunitedway.org

Serve Your Country AND Slash 10000 Off Your Student Loans

Be on your way to loan forgiveness and buff up at the same time! If you join the Army Reserve or the National Guard after graduation, you can receive up to $10,000 to pay off your student loans. If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t mind the occasional brush with death, ask to be stationed in areas of hostility and you could get even more money! For more information contact the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC), 1401 Deshler Street, S.W., Fort McPherson, GA 30330-2000 (800) 359-8483

Visit: www4.army.mil/USAR/home/index.php

5000 for Mature Women

The Women’s Opportunity Award’s intent is to assist mature women who need additional skills, training and education to upgrade their employment status in order to enter or return to the job market. First-place winners receive $5,000 and second-place are awarded $3,000. Applicant should be the head of her household with financial responsibility for her dependents, indicate that specific training is necessary to enter or re-enter the job market, demonstrate financial need and be entering vocational or technical training, or be completing an undergraduate degree. Applications are received between July 1, 2004 and December 15, 2004. For more information contact Women’s Opportunity Award Soroptimist International of the Americas

Visit: www.soroptimist.org/

Get Money For Your Employees To Get Training

.T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood in Georgia Scholarship Program offers child care providers the opportunity to earn a child development/Early childhood diploma or degree. Providers must be working 30 hours a week in a licensed/registered child care setting and have the sponsorship of their employer. You can receive a travel stipend and paid time off from work to study or attend class; a wage increase from the employer or bonus at the end of the scholarship year; counseling and support. You must commit to remain with your employer one year after the scholarship year. For more information contact Georgia Association on Young children, 368 Moreland Ave., NE, Suite 240, Atlanta, GA 30307; 404-222-0014; 800-532-9865

Visit: www.gayconline.org

30000 Worth Of Free Hospital Care

Don’t have money for your gall bladder surgery? What about that hospital visit you had two months ago? You might not have to pay a cent. Call the Hill-Burton Hotline. Under this program, certain hospitals and other health care facilities provide free or low-cost medical care to patients who cannot afford to pay. You may qualify even if your income is up to double the Poverty Income Guidelines. For more information, contact Hill-Burton Hotline, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 11-19, Rockville, MD 20857; 800-638-0742; 800-492-0359 (in MD);

Visit: www.hrsa.gov.

Get Presidential Honors For A Deceased Veteran

You can help commemorate the honor of a deceased veteran by requesting a Presidential Memorial Certificate, a parchment certificate with a calligraphic inscription expressing the nation’s recognition of the veteran’s service. The veteran’s name is inscribed and the certificate bears the signature of the president. Eligible recipients include next of kin, other relatives and friends. The veteran may have died at any time in the past. For more information contact Department of Veteran Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20420; 800-827-1000

Visit: www.cem.va.gov/pmc.htm